From Park Head Junction to Hawne Basin
The present navigable length of Dudley Canal No 2 is from Park Head Junction to Hawne Basin, where it currently terminates. It was originally 11 miles long and was built to link the Dudley No 1 Canal to the Worcester & Birmingham Canal in Selly Oak. It was designed to act as a faster way of getting coal from the Black Country to London.
The canal is derelict for 5.3 miles (8.5km) from Hawne Basin through the Lapal Tunnel and on to Selly Oak Junction on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal. Restoration of this section is proposed under the name of the Lapal Canal and is being led by volunteers of the Lapal Canal Trust.
Dudley Canal No 2 is joined at Windmill End Junction by the Netherton Branch of the Birmingham Canal. The Bumble Hole Arm of the Dudley No. 2 Canal leads to Bumble Hole Nature Reserve.
The photo shows Hawne Basin in industrial use last century – the Basin is now used for leisure moorings and is the home of Coombeswood Canal Trust.